Are you planning a home renovation in the near future, but can’t seem to find a style that fits your home? Don’t worry, there are so many different trends around the world for you to choose from. So, if you want to make your home more diverse and culturally woke, here’s a small (and very simple) guide through interior design trends across the continents.
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Europe has such a rich and diverse interior design scene with some trends dating back a few centuries. Here you have Mediterranean style, Tuscan, French, Italian, Victorian, Eastern European style and Scandinavian influences. That’s why it’s really hard to list a few distinctly European design trends. However, if you’re looking to decorate your home in Old World style, opt for rich and deep colors. Large and comfy furniture are must and don’t shun away from ornamentation (especially when aiming for Victorian or Baroque style). On the other hand, we have Scandinavian style that favors light and soft colors. Northern winters can be very dark and gloomy so boost the light in the space using blond wood, simple furniture and go for generally decluttered spaces. These spaces seem to concentrate on functionality rather than ornamentation!
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One of the most exotic interior styles out there is African style. It’s characterized by originality, dynamic, energy and contrast. African interior design style is torn between “minimalism and simplicity and primitive brutality.” Africa-inspired interiors often contain a lot of ethnic elements, animal print accents and warm, earthy colors of the continent. Blue is almost never used in African style homes! Faux skins and furs of zebras, leopard and cheetahs achieve an amazing effect when used as accents. Africans have a deep respect for artisan items, so their homes are often filled with handmade wooden utensils, exotic masks and sculptures.
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There are two very different branches of Asian interior design: Far East (China and Japan) and South Asia (India). Chinese and Japanese homes have a strong presence of Zen culture characterized by clean lines, a minimalist feel and plenty of natural elements. This interior style favors neutral and natural colors in order to evoke the Feng Shui elements—fire, water, earth and air. Bold colors are also present, but in moderation. You can often see colorfully painted scenes, bold fabrics and painted ceramics in Far East homes. Another interior design style in Asia is Indian design and it stays distinct even after various European influences. It’s characterized by the use of rich and vibrant colors inspired by spices. Think earthy reds and yellows and deep purples. Indian homes (and especially temples) are often full of patterns and heavy wooden furniture, such as wooden tables, benches and curved sofas and chairs.
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When it comes to Classic American style, we can say it’s characterized by a comfortable and simple vibe and minimalist ornamentation. Think materials like stone and wood that create a very natural and cozy atmosphere. American homes often have an open concept kitchens to emphasize the feeling of comfort and homely warmth! The number-one choice of furniture in Classic American homes is large and cozy pieces with simple lines and patterns. However, North America of today is a true melting pot of cultures, races and religions which all influence the trends. That’s why it’s practically impossible to say what exactly is North American interior design.
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South America has a very inspiring interior design full of creative artistry and ethnic vibes. Even though it’s geographically very close to North America, these two continents have very different decor styles. Latin American style is very quirky when analyzed from the standpoint of the Western world and it’s full of color, textures and interesting patterns. However, it’s also often characterized by environmentally friendly features due to their strong respect of nature. The use (and reuse) of organic fabrics and natural elements like stone and brick is very prominent. Glass and tiles can also be seen in Latin American homes, especially in the form of murals that leave a big aesthetic impact.
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In spite of its small population, Australia of today is considered one of the leaders in the interior design industry thanks to its laid-back, open and timeless look. It has a very international feel accompanied with sophistication and an overall relaxing vibe. Just take a look at some of their chill beach houses and you’ll understand what it’s all about!
The interior design of every part of the world has something unique to it, so you’re bound to find something that fits your tastes, needs and preferences. Plus, you’ve probably learned something new about design that will inspire you and your home renovation.